38 days in Turkey Itinerary

38 days in Turkey Itinerary

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Fly to Istanbul Airport, Drive to Edirne
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Edirne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Istanbul
— 9 nights
Fly
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Goreme, Cappadocia
— 6 nights
Bus
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Ankara
— 5 nights
Fly
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Oludeniz
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pamukkale
— 4 nights
Drive
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Selcuk
— 5 nights
Fly

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Edirne

— 5 nights
Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Change things up with a short trip to Uzunkopru (Ergene Koprusu) in Uzunkopru (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Selimiye Mosque, snap pictures at Meric River Bridge, examine the collection at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, and steep yourself in history at Beyazit II Mosque Complex.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Edirne trip itinerary builder site.

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia to Edirne is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Kota Kinabalu to Edirne is minus 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Istanbul.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Istanbul

— 9 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , take an in-depth tour of Topkapi Palace, and wander the streets of Taksim Square.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Istanbul route maker website.

Traveling by car from Edirne to Istanbul takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Istanbul can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Goreme.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Goreme, Cappadocia

— 6 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Get out of town with these interesting Goreme side-trips: Karamanoglu Ulu Camii (in Aksaray), Derinkuyu (Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri & Kaymakli Underground City) and Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uchisar Castle, explore the striking landscape at Love Valley, and don't miss a visit to Pasabag.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Goreme trip maker.

You can fly from Istanbul to Goreme in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Istanbul in November, expect cooler with lows of 0°C in Goreme. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Ankara.

Things to do in Goreme

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Ankara

— 5 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Ankara is known for museums, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Anitkabir, explore the world behind art at 8 Hubb Art Gallery, don't miss a visit to Musa aga camii, and examine the collection at Ulucanlar Prison Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ankara trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a bus from Goreme to Ankara in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Goreme in November, you will find days in Ankara are a bit cooler (9°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Oludeniz.

Things to do in Ankara

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Oludeniz

— 2 nights
Famous for its big lagoon, Oludeniz acts like a magnet for mass tourism, featuring some of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): kick back and relax at Oludeniz PlajI, stroll around Sehit Fethi Bey ParkI, and then take in the awesome beauty at Babadag. Keep things going the next day: push the limits with an extreme tour, then trek along The Lycian Way, and then test your team's savvy at Hotel Room Escape.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Oludeniz day trip app.

You can fly from Ankara to Oludeniz in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Ankara, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Oludeniz, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Oludeniz

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trip

Pamukkale

— 4 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
Explore Pamukkale's surroundings by going to Aphrodisias (in Geyre) and Tripolis Antik Kenti (in Denizli). There's still lots to do: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, get engrossed in the history at Hierapolis Arkeoloji Muzesi, Head underground at Kaklik Cave, and explore the ancient world of Hierapolis.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pamukkale trip planner.

You can drive from Oludeniz to Pamukkale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Selcuk

— 5 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Change things up with a short trip to Magnesia Antik Kenti in Germencik (about 40 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Ephesus, ponder the design of Trajan's Fountain, examine the collection at Ephesus Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House).

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Selcuk trip maker app.

You can drive from Pamukkale to Selcuk in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Selcuk sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · History Museums
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.